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1. Today in Seoul

My summer vacation is coming to an end. For the past two weeks I have been visiting my dear friend Taeeun Yoo in Seoul, Korea. We spent our time drawing around Seoul, eating great food, working, and exercising together. It has been truly restorative. Today, my last day here, Taeeun conducted a printmaking workshop for me. I am most comfortable working in watercolor or pen, but am always eager to expand my artistic vocabulary.

First, I started with a drawing. Printmaking is wonderful because it forces you to think about shape and color first. Whereas, with other painting techniques, you are thinking about composition and line. My composition is based on my recent summer travels and a story idea I have been thinking about here in Seoul. I will share a few of the steps.



After transferring the drawing, I carved the white areas first. As in watercolor painting, I needed to build my print slowly from light to dark. The seagulls in this piece would remain white.


We mixed a greenish blue sky. This is the lightest color in the print.



Next, I carved away more of the block and printed the trees and ground a middle blue green.


After the sea printed, I added a darker blue green to the landscape and then printed the jacket and head of the boy last. After printing the jacket, we thought it needed to be warmed up a bit. We added a bit more yellow and then decided that we liked the original green.

1406898365050We printed an edition of three. You can see here that each print varies slightly. For instance, in the first print, we inked a clean, flat blue for the water. In the second print some of the texture of the plate was left behind, making marks that looked more like waves. I really liked that effect, and continued the water lines for the rest of the prints.

Lastly, once the ink dried, I add a few details with a brush.


Voila, my first linoleum block print. Many thanks to Taeeun Yoo for her friendship and instruction today.
Check out her latest book, Here is the Baby, written by  Polly Kanevsky, due out this September with Random House.

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2. Brian Wood Comics Return To Print From Dark Horse

New York Fourby Brandon Schatz

Over at Publisher’s Weekly, they’ve announced that a couple of Brain Wood series will return to print from Dark Horse, as part of a focus on YA content from the company.

In November, a collection of the two New York Four/Five volumes the writer did with artist Ryan Kelly for DC’s  Minx line, an ill-fated imprint that missed its mark more than it hit. Marketed towards the YA market, many of the books attempted to tell stories involving that age group instead of aiming upwards towards the older set. Take a look at a book store, and you’ll see the kids section filled with books telling stories about kids or teens who are just a little bit older than the age being marketed towards. As always, the younger set wants to seem more grown up, and the perfect way to hit the demographic is to aim higher, and market lower.

Keeping in that vein, Dark Horse will also be bringing Demo back into print, a series Wood did with artist Becky Cloonan, first for AiT/PlanetLar, and then for Vertigo.

It’s been a big couple of weeks for Wood, along with the announcement of his involvement in Marvel’s Moon Knight title following Warren Ellis’ departure. These are the first big project announced from Wood since accusations of misogyny were levelled at him late last year, though Dark Horse hints that there is more to come from the writer in the coming months, as The Massive draws to a close, and new series begin.

As noted by my piece earlier this week, I have my own problems with Wood, though as blogger and former DC editor Valerie D’Orzaio notes, it’s important not to confuse feelings on Wood’s actions with a call to action, or a means to an end. I know I’ve enjoyed these books in particular, and would love to see them reach a wider audience.

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3. Art at the Library - Progression

My gazebo image moved along a lot quicker than I expected today.  This is the piece I'm submitting to the "Art at the Library" show at the Lunenburg MA public library.

Here it is with the colors roughly blocked in...

And here is the final image.  This is the gazebo in the center of Lunenburg, they host band concerts there on Monday nights during the summer.

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4. Art at the Library Show - Piece Progression #1

Starting my piece for the "Art at the Library" show at the Lunenburg public library. This is the first time I've ever submitted a juried show.  I've only exhibited in 2 other shows (not counting high school!) I was pleased that they were receptive to having digitally painted art.

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5. Gouache Relief Strawberry

This is the result of a gouache-relief demo from my illustration class. I love this technique because it requires giving up some of the control we all strive for in paintings. In this case the lines are the areas not painted and the colored (or white-ish) bits are the areas that get painted.

Or you could just think of it as a really quick fake lino cut process.

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6. Free Art Education from Awesome Horse Studios


What happens when four illustrators share a passion for their work and sharing what they know with others? Awesome Horse Studios is Marc Scheff, Cynthia Sheppard, Noah Bradley, and Aaron Miller. They do a weekly Livestream on Saturdays at 2pm EST. Each episode consists of 1-2 critiques of art submitted from the audience, and a demonstration.

You can tune in and chat live with the four horsemen on Saturdays, or watch past episodes at: http://www.awesomehorsestudios.com/watch-now

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7. How to mount an inkjet print onto wood panel

I've been planning to experiment with mounting my art prints for quite awhile now. So, when I recently decided to mount prints of my digitally-created art for mixed media on panel pieces, I searched for a good tutorial online. Guess what? I did not find one decent tutorial to use as a guide.

I Googled and Googled... I tried different phrases, different combinations of words... all of my search tricks... Still, I came up short. I didn't let that stop me! I decided to just try it myself, using my best judgement, and look at it as gained knowledge if successful, and a learning experience if not. Well, I'm pleased to share that it went just fine, maybe even better than fine! I'm very happy with the results, and now I have a new skill under my belt. In order to share with you, I took some photos for you, in case you wish to try it, too.

Here are the materials you should have ready to go:
Artists' painting matte medium of your choice (make sure it is the kind you use during the "working" phase of a painting) or another acid-free adhesive of your choice, but nothing too thick- should be around the consistency of heavy cream, give or take.*
Foam brush
•A brayer
•A self-healing mat board
Exacto knife

Wax paper, Reynolds Freezer Paper, or some type of wide paper with a waxy side
•A bone folder (used in bookmaking and for other paper products) In this tutorial, I refer to "braying", but the bone folder can be used fairly interchangeably with the brayer, though I recommend having both on hand as each of their strengths compliment one another.

*Please note: Part of why I waited so long to try this before just biting the bullet and experimenting with mointing art prints is that I was concerned that my art print would bleed ink all over the place and there was an astounding lack of information regarding this possibility online..

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8. Thoughts on Sophmore 1

watercolor demo

Here’s a quick watercolor demo I did for one of my students yesterday. As a professional, I tend to forget how much my students need to learn at this level. I am really having to think about every facet of making illustration and how to convey that clearly to a group. I am also spending a lot of time in my head remembering how it was for me as a 19 year old beginning in illustration who had no clue whatsoever what illustration was. I loved to draw and paint and tell stories, but didn’t understand how that related to my major. I didn’t understand how to begin an illustration and I definitely had no regard for developing a process for myself.

Knowing this about my own journey is really pushing me to think about how to help my students gain respect for the process. It’s important for me to explain why I am giving an assignment so that they can connect the dots when they are at home working on projects.

Yesterday after class, I spent about an hour and a half doing a quick watercolor demo in my office for one of my students. He was having a hard time understanding how one goes from thumbnail to finished drawing, to finished painting. At first I scratched my head in disbelief because the process is so common in my everyday working life, but remembering myself in college, I always traced from photographs on a projector (showing my age). I just didn’t understand that it was okay to draw on my own. I didn’t understand how to build a drawing from multiple pieces of reference and though my teachers told me to draw all of the time, I never really understood why it was so vital. I passed my classes, but not because I really grasped concepts of using reference and technique. I did what I thought my teacher wanted without thinking about “why” I made certain choices.

So, in class, I spend a lot of time asking my students “why” they make certain decisions in their work along with making them talk about their process. Reflecting on the last three weeks, I think I need to assign more homework that addresses the basics, like color, lighting, using reference, and drawing and painting technique. So far so good, but we have a long way to go.

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9. My painting video

I've always wanted to make a simple video showing the process of how I work. Maybe it's because I love watching other artists work, why is that? I do enjoy it and can spend hours watching them.

So I decided to give it a shot.
Hope you all like it.

Have a lovely weekend you guys :o)

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10. Dreamer Joe

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11. Book Trailer - Part One

Okay I've seen all these great book trailers out there and my kids spend hours looking at silly videos on YouTube. So I figured it's about time I get with the program. I'm going to try and build a 30 second book trailer for my upcoming book On a Dark, Dark Night. On a Dark, Dark Night was written by Jean Cochran and illustrated by yours truly and will be released this fall.

I decided to use Windows Movie Maker for this experiment because it's already on my computer. First I created 4.jpg images to use in my movie (I used Photoshop for this because that's what I'm most familiar with). Three of the files are simply type on a blue background. The fourth is even simpler, just a light blue background - for a lightening effect.

I also downloaded a couple of sound effects from free sound effects websites and I found some music in the "samples" folder of my PC that I thought worked nicely. It took while playing around with the sound and the timing, and reading the Movie Maker help files. But I'm pretty happy with my first try. This is actually kind of fun. Steven Spielberg watch out!

The next step was to publish my masterpiece on the internet. When I was happy with the way it looked, I created a .wmv file by clicking "File->Publish Movie...". I compressed it to 1MB to save space an upload times, especially since this is only a test. Then I signed up for a YouTube account. Once my account was set up I uploaded my video to YouTube.

And then so I could show you my creation here on my blog, I embedded the video into my post. In case you're wondering here are the directions for how to do that.


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